Ben Beck has been waiting for Thursday's high school football game all year, Estancia versus Beckman. The last time Beck faced the Patriots, he admits he went in scared.
As a sophomore last year, Coach Mike Bargas called Beck's number at halftime. This was no ordinary game. It was the first round of the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs.
Going into the second half the Eagles trailed big, 42-14, at home. Going into the second half was Beck for an injured safety.
The last line of defense was Beck.
"At first, it was pretty difficult," Beck said of having to adjust to a faster tempo, compared to the junior varsity level in which he spent most of the season as a starter. "I was just getting into the defense and there's a lot to do on defense. I just had to stay back. Their receivers were really big and good. I was a little sophomore."